Bradwell Shell Bank Nature Reserve

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Bradwell Cockle Spit - geograph.org.uk - 242277

Bradwell Shell Bank Nature Reserve

Bradwell Shell Bank Nature Reserve

Bradwell Cockle Spit on the Dengie Peninsular consists of some 30 acres of shell bank together with extensive saltmarsh. The spit has been built up by tidal currents and is mainly cockle and oyster shells. During bad weather and strong tides, the spit moves and in the past two decades, up to 100 metres of saltmarsh has been lost to erosion.

The reserve is managed jointly by Essex Wildlife Trust and The Essex Birdwatching Society. The latter also operate Bradwell Bird Observatory, situated in the grounds of Linnett's Cottage on the edge of the reserve.
Little Terns, Ringed Plovers and Oystercatchers breed on the shellbanks and the saltings support a wide variety of species including Redshank, Yellow Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Reed Bunting and Linnet. The mud and sandflats to the east of the reserve are part of the Dengie National Nature Reserve. These are internationally important for overwintering waders and notably for Grey Plover, Knot and Bar-tailed Godwit. Flocks of Brent Geese can also be seen on the fields, mud or the sea.



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